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Troubleshooting Low Water Pressure

Posted on: March 28, 2016

Has the stream of water coming from your shower head dwindled down to a slow trickle? Low water pressure can make daily activities seem nearly impossible, but you don’t have to live with it forever. Since it can be caused by a variety of sources, check the following areas to get your water flowing with power once again:

1. Do you only have low water pressure in one particular faucet? There might be a clog in the aerator. To clear it, remove the end of the faucet, soak the aerator in a mixture of water and vinegar and then use a toothpick to get rid of tiny debris. Before you replace it, turn the water on. If the pressure is still low the problem might be coming from somewhere else.

2. Check the valves. The pressure reducing valve (PRV) is bell-shaped and can usually be found on the line where the water enters your home. You can adjust it to meet your water pressure needs by turning the screw on the valve clockwise. If this doesn’t do the trick, check the shut-off valve. Even if it’s turned ever so slightly, your water pressure can be affected. Make sure it’s turned so that it’s completely open.

3. Check for leaks. Perform a quick inspection of your basement and around the water fixtures in your home. If you notice any water spots, you may have a leak. Whether it’s as simple as a leaky faucet or as major as a water main break, either of these scenarios could be causing low water pressure.

Still can’t seem to find the source? Contact the professional plumbers at ABC and we’ll come by to assess the situation. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

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